Ellis County School Shooter Gets Prison Sentence

Chris Sommer
June 24, 2019 - 4:04 pm
Chad Padilla

Ellis Co.


DALLAS (KRLD) - Chad Padilla was 16 when he opened fire in the crowded cafeteria at Italy High School on Jan. 22, 2018.  Six of the bullets struck a 15-year-old classmate, leaving the girl seriously wounded.

On Monday, Padilla learned he will be going to prison for at least 20 years.

As part of a plea agreement, Padilla, now 18, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault.  Authorities said Padilla's final shot in the cafeteria narrowly missed the boyfriend of the female victim.

Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said, "Chad Padilla was sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted capital murder.  He was also sentenced to 20 years on two separate counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon."

Wilson said the sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Padilla will be eligible for parole no earlier than 2039.

Investigators from the Ellis County Sheriff's Department found Padilla had stolen his father's .380 caliber handgun days before the shooting.  The female victim of the incident has recovered.

After Monday's court proceedings, Wilson called Padilla a young man with a history of disturbing violent tendencies.  He added Padilla was afforded opportunities for help and rehabilitation, but nothing worked.​